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WPTavern: WPWeekly Episode 349 – Sandy Edwards and the Kids Event Working Group Initiative

WPTavern: WPWeekly Episode 349 – Sandy Edwards and the Kids Event Working Group Initiative

In this episode, John James Jacoby and I are joined by Sandy Edwards. Sandy gave us a behind the scenes look at what it takes to organize a WordPress event for children and teens.

She also provides background information on a new group that’s been formed called the Kids Events Working Group. This group is responsible for setting the foundation for organizers to create and manage WordPress events geared towards children.

John recaps his experience at WordCamp Miami last weekend and we discussed some noteworthy news items.

Stories Discussed:

WordCamp Miami Draws 100+ for Kid’s Camp, Plans to Host Standalone Kid’s WordPress Conference in Summer 2019

WordPress 5.1.1 Patches Critical Vulnerability

Dark Mode WordPress Plugin Up for Adoption

Gutenberg 5.3 Released

FireFox 66.0 Released

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In this episode, John James Jacoby and I are joined by Sandy Edwards. Sandy gave us a behind the scenes look at what it takes to organize a WordPress event for children and teens. She also provides background information on a new group that’s been formed called the Kids Events Working Group. This group is responsible for setting the foundation for organizers to create and manage WordPress events geared towards children. John recaps his experience at WordCamp Miami last weekend and we discussed some noteworthy news items. Stories Discussed: WordCamp Miami Draws 100+ for Kid’s Camp, Plans to Host Standalone Kid’s WordPress Conference in Summer 2019 WordPress 5.1.1 Patches Critical Vulnerability Dark Mode WordPress Plugin Up for Adoption Gutenberg 5.3 Released FireFox 66.0 Released WPWeekly Meta: Next Episode: Wednesday, March 27th 3:00 P.M. Eastern Subscribe to WordPress Weekly via Itunes Subscribe to WordPress Weekly via RSS Subscribe to WordPress Weekly via Stitcher Radio Subscribe to WordPress Weekly via Google Play Listen To Episode #349:

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WPTavern: WPWeekly Episode 348 – RIP Alex, Facebook Moderators, and Shorter Release Cycles

WPTavern: WPWeekly Episode 348 – RIP Alex, Facebook Moderators, and Shorter Release Cycles

In this episode, John James Jacoby and I review feedback from last week’s show, share a few more memories of Alex Mills, and discuss an article that describes what it’s like to be a content moderator for Facebook. We also share our opinions on the idea of WordPress having shorter release cycles.

Stories Discussed:

The Drive Remembers Alex Mills

The Secret Lives of Facebook Moderators

Jetpack 7.1 Released

PressNomics 6 Tickets are on sale

Freemius Patches Severe Vulnerability in Library Used by Popular WordPress Plugins

WordPress Contributors Propose Shorter, Time-based Release Cycles

Fighting uphill

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In this episode, John James Jacoby and I review feedback from last week’s show, share a few more memories of Alex Mills, and discuss an article that describes what it’s like to be a content moderator for Facebook. We also share our opinions on the idea of WordPress having shorter release cycles. Stories Discussed: The Drive Remembers Alex Mills The Secret Lives of Facebook Moderators Jetpack 7.1 Released PressNomics 6 Tickets are on sale Freemius Patches Severe Vulnerability in Library Used by Popular WordPress Plugins WordPress Contributors Propose Shorter, Time-based Release Cycles Fighting uphill WPWeekly Meta: Next Episode: Wednesday, March 13th 3:00 P.M. Eastern Subscribe to WordPress Weekly via Itunes Subscribe to WordPress Weekly via RSS Subscribe to WordPress Weekly via Stitcher Radio Subscribe to WordPress Weekly via Google Play Listen To Episode #348:

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WPTavern: WPWeekly Episode 347 – Chair Buying, Pressing Issues, and Block Management

WPTavern: WPWeekly Episode 347 – Chair Buying, Pressing Issues, and Block Management

In this episode, John James Jacoby and I start off by discussing the office chair purchasing process. I recently needed to buy a new chair and was surprised by some of the features that were highlighted.

We talked about block managers and some of the pitfalls that will need to be overcome. For example, what should WordPress do if a user disables a block that’s already used in a post?

We wrap up the show by sharing some of the most pressing issues people are having with WordPress.

Stories Discussed:

Yoast CEO Responds to #YoastCon Twitter Controversy, Calls for Change in the SEO Industry

WordPress 5.1 Improves Editor Performance, Encourages Users to Update Outdated PHP Versions

Block Management Features Proposed for WordPress 5.2

5.2 Proposed Scope and Release Schedule

UI/UX Changes for the Site Health Check Plugin

Jeffrey Zeldman Promoted to Automattic Employee

The Most Pressing Issues People Have with WordPress These Days

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In this episode, John James Jacoby and I start off by discussing the office chair purchasing process. I recently needed to buy a new chair and was surprised by some of the features that were highlighted. We talked about block managers and some of the pitfalls that will need to be overcome. For example, what should WordPress do if a user disables a block that’s already used in a post? We wrap up the show by sharing some of the most pressing issues people are having with WordPress. Stories Discussed: Yoast CEO Responds to #YoastCon Twitter Controversy, Calls for Change in the SEO Industry WordPress 5.1 Improves Editor Performance, Encourages Users to Update Outdated PHP Versions Block Management Features Proposed for WordPress 5.2 5.2 Proposed Scope and Release Schedule UI/UX Changes for the Site Health Check Plugin Jeffrey Zeldman Promoted to Automattic Employee The Most Pressing Issues People Have with WordPress These Days WPWeekly Meta: Next Episode: Wednesday, March 6th 3:00 P.M. Eastern Subscribe to WordPress Weekly via Itunes Subscribe to WordPress Weekly via RSS Subscribe to WordPress Weekly via Stitcher Radio Subscribe to WordPress Weekly via Google Play Listen To Episode #347:

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WPTavern: WPWeekly Episode 346 – Cancer Sucks

WPTavern: WPWeekly Episode 346 – Cancer Sucks

In this episode, John James Jacoby and I reflect on Alex Mill’s latest blog post where he announced that he’s ending his battle with Leukemia. We highlight some of the impacts he’s had on people’s lives and the contributions he’s made to open-source software.

Stories Discussed:

Leukemia Has Won

Alex’s WordPress Plugins

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In this episode, John James Jacoby and I reflect on Alex Mill’s latest blog post where he announced that he’s ending his battle with Leukemia. We highlight some of the impacts he’s had on people’s lives and the contributions he’s made to open-source software. Stories Discussed: Leukemia Has Won Alex’s WordPress Plugins WPWeekly Meta: Next Episode: Wednesday, February 27th 3:00 P.M. Eastern Subscribe to WordPress Weekly via Itunes Subscribe to WordPress Weekly via RSS Subscribe to WordPress Weekly via Stitcher Radio Subscribe to WordPress Weekly via Google Play Listen To Episode #346:

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WPTavern: Alex Mills Ends His Battle With Leukemia

WPTavern: Alex Mills Ends His Battle With Leukemia

Today, we are reminded that life is fleeting and that plugins, themes, and WordPress itself is built and maintained by humans. Alex (Viper007Bond) Mills announced that he is ending his fight with Leukemia.

Due to liver inflammation and GvHD, the liver is too damaged to continue with treatment and there are no further options. I don’t want to spend the rest of my time in the hospital so I am choosing to remain at home where I can be comfortable with family and friends.

Alex Mills

Mills is encouraging members of the WordPress community to fork and maintain his open-source plugins. Mills thanked his co-workers, members of the WordPress community, and his car friends for enriching his life. It’s a somber read knowing it’s coming from a person who is still alive but knows that their time is near.

I want to thank everyone who has given me moral support through these difficult times. It has meant a lot hearing all of the love and support pour in from my friends and colleagues from around the world. I have been so grateful for all of the opportunities that have been given to me in my life, professionally and personally.

Automatticians have really helped me grow professionally by giving me an amazing career for the past nine years. My car friends have helped me grow socially and provided me so many good memories and life experiences. The people that I have gotten to know in the WordPress community have been very supportive as well. I am amazed by how many friends I have made and how much they have been there for me. They all have enriched my life and helped me grow as a person.

Alex Mills

Mills is the author of the Regenerate Thumbnails plugin, has been a long-standing member of the WordPress community, and is the founder of FinalGear, a forum community fan site devoted to Top Gear. The community may have played a role in bringing the show to the US.

Members of the FinalGear community are weighing in on the news.

FinalGear has been a big part of my life for just over 13 years now, that’s damn near half of my life. It’s an incredible community that we’ve built up over the years, spawned from Viper’s work.

I’m really thankful that I stumbled across the community all that time ago and was able to get to know him, even having the pleasure of spending a weekend with him at the Ringmeet in 2015. Thanks to him, petrolheads who would otherwise probably never have met are regularly traveling the world together and he’ll always be there.

Fuck. Cancer.

Matt2000

A huge number of us owe Alex a massive ‘thank you’ for the FG Community. I speak from the heart when I say I have made lifelong friends from across the globe and enjoyed trips and experiences that I couldn’t have dreamed of 10 years ago. None of that would have happened had I not been searching for an obscure piece of music from a TG episode and stumbled into this place.

MWF

Some of you may remember the Viper’s Video Quicktags plugin created more than 10 years ago. It was essentially the precursor to native oEmbed support that arrived in WordPress in 2016.

If you have benefited from Mill’s code, work, or have been positively impacted by him in any way, please let him know by commenting on this blog post. Mills is in a unique position to see, read, and hear how much of an impact he’s had on so many people throughout his life and we’re in a unique position to tell him.


Alex, thank you for your contributions to open-source, for being an early member of the WPTavern forum, and a supporter of the site. Throughout all of these years, I pronounced your nickname as Viperbond007 instead of Viper007Bond. It rolled off the tongue easier heh. I wish I could have gotten a ride in that sweet Viper you picked up a few years ago. Getting that Viper is something that I know was a lifelong dream of yours.

Please enjoy the time you have left with as little pain as possible and I’ll meet you on the other side. Please leave the light on for me.


Today, we are reminded that life is fleeting and that plugins, themes, and WordPress itself is built and maintained by humans. Alex (Viper007Bond) Mills announced that he is ending his fight with Leukemia. Due to liver inflammation and GvHD, the liver is too damaged to continue with treatment and there are no further options. I don’t want to spend the rest of my time in the hospital so I am choosing to remain at home where I can be comfortable with family and friends.Alex Mills Mills is encouraging members of the WordPress community to fork and maintain his open-source plugins. Mills thanked his co-workers, members of the WordPress community, and his car friends for enriching his life. It’s a somber read knowing it’s coming from a person who is still alive but knows that their time is near. I want to thank everyone who has given me moral support through these difficult times. It has meant a lot hearing all of the love and support pour in from my friends and colleagues from around the world. I have been so grateful for all of the opportunities that have been given to me in my life, professionally and personally. Automatticians have really…

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WPTavern: WPWeekly Episode 345 – The Relationship Between Corporate Cash and Open Source Software

WPTavern: WPWeekly Episode 345 – The Relationship Between Corporate Cash and Open Source Software

In this episode, John James Jacoby and I discuss a thought-provoking post published by Morten Rand-Hendriksen that takes a deep look at equity in open source software. Morten suggests that the mantra of decisions are made by those who show up be changed to decisions are made by those who can afford to show up.

We talk about the relationship and influence money from businesses can  have on open source software, especially if they’re employing someone to contribute to that project full-time. We discuss the pros and cons of financial contributions and whether or not WordPress could fall victim to progressing only at the whims of corporate sponsors.

Near the end of the show, John provides an overview of what’s new in Sugar Calendar 2.0.

Stories Discussed:

PetersenMediaGroup is Relaunched

https://www.petersenmediagroup.com/

WordPress 5.1 Field Guide

Gutenberg 5.0 Adds New RSS Block, Amazon Kindle Embed Block, and FocalPointPicker Component

Gutenberg Blocks Design Library Offers Pre-Built Page Designs Using Existing Core Blocks

Google+ is shutting down in April with some APIs shutting down in March

Sugar Calendar 2.0 Beta Released

The Dark Mode plugin developed by Daniel James is no longer a featured plugin.

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In this episode, John James Jacoby and I discuss a thought-provoking post published by Morten Rand-Hendriksen that takes a deep look at equity in open source software. Morten suggests that the mantra of decisions are made by those who show up be changed to decisions are made by those who can afford to show up. We talk about the relationship and influence money from businesses can  have on open source software, especially if they’re employing someone to contribute to that project full-time. We discuss the pros and cons of financial contributions and whether or not WordPress could fall victim to progressing only at the whims of corporate sponsors. Near the end of the show, John provides an overview of what’s new in Sugar Calendar 2.0. Stories Discussed: PetersenMediaGroup is Relaunched https://www.petersenmediagroup.com/ WordPress 5.1 Field Guide Gutenberg 5.0 Adds New RSS Block, Amazon Kindle Embed Block, and FocalPointPicker Component Gutenberg Blocks Design Library Offers Pre-Built Page Designs Using Existing Core Blocks Google+ is shutting down in April with some APIs shutting down in March Sugar Calendar 2.0 Beta Released The Dark Mode plugin developed by Daniel James is no longer a featured plugin. WPWeekly Meta: Next Episode: Wednesday, February 20th 3:00…

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